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Leon Roldos Aguilera

Leon Roldos Aguilera is an Ecuadorian politician.

He was born in Guayaquil in 1942. His mother died during labor. He studied law at the state University of Guayaquil (Universidad de Guayaquil). He became Secretary of the Municipality of Guayaquil, under Mayor Asaad Bucaram (his brother's father in law), of the populist party Concentracion de Fuerzas Populares. He also had a private practice of law and consultancy mostly to the banking sector. He later became a professor in the Guayaquil stete University and a Dean of the Law School of the Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte.

In 1979, his brother, Jaime Roldos was elected President, in a ticket of the alliance between the Concentracion de Fuerzas Populares and the Christian Democrat Party Democracia Popular. He was then appointed Chairman of the Monetary Board (Junta Monetaria).

President Jaime Roldos died in an airplane crash while in office; the National Congress elected Leon Roldos to serve out the term (1981-84) as Vice-President, with President Osvaldo Hurtado, of Democracia Popular. Leon Roldos did not enjoy a good relationship with President Hurtado, having opposed the assumption of the private external debt by the government (known as the "sucretizacion"), among other economic policies.

On 31 October 1994, Leon Roldos was elected Rector of the Universidad de Guayaquil, and served two terms, which were acknowledged to have revitalized this institution.

Leon Roldos ran for President in 1992 under the banner of the Socialist Party of Ecuador, Partido Socialista Ecuatoriano; and in a second attempt in 2002 as an independent; he received then 15.4% of the vote and barely missed the runoff election). He was also elected Congressman for the Province of Guayas.

In 2006 Ecuadorian general elections he ran again this time in a ticket of the of alliance of "Ethics and Democracy Network" (Red Etica y Democracia) and of the Democratic Left Party. He raked a fourth place of the vote receiving 4.8% of casted votes.

Note: Leon Roldos does not belong to the Ecuadorian Roldosist Party, which is named after his brother, former President Jaime Roldos.

External links

Official web site

Democratic Left Party web site

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